Purple Pincushion

Purple Pincushion.

Common name

Purple Pincushion

Scientific Name

Scabiosa atropurpurea

Type of plant

Daisies & Thistles (Family Asteraceae)

About this weed

Purple Pincushions are fragrant annual or perennial weeds to about 1 metre. It was originally native to the Mediterranean Region and introduced as a garden plant.


They are easily identified by their unusual round pincushions flower heads. Their leaves are in opposite pairs, the basal leaves are lobed, and the upper leaves much dissected. In spring and summer white to pink to red-purple florets are produced. After flowering it has a bristly, fruiting head.

Impact on Bushland

It has become a particular problem in lime rich coastal soils.


Usually found on sandy, disturbed soils, often over limestone around the Perth region.

Priority for removal


Management (hand)

Not available.

Management (herbicide)

Not available.

Flowering month/s

January, February, March, April, August, September, October, November, December

Flower colour/s

Red, Pink, Purple, White

Information source


Additional information


Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. and Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia, Second Edition, The Weeds Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park, Western Australia.

Purple Pincushion images


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